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0670919969
Paperback:The power:2017 Paperback
Author: Alderman, Naomi
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles What if the power to hurt were in women's hands? Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - teenage girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonising pain and even death. With this single twist, the four lives at the heart of Naomi Alderman's extraordinary, visceral novel are utterly transformed. General adult
340 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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So clever and a bit unsettling. Forgot I was in a story within a story. The last chapter just seals what a good book this is. Men, watch out...
10/04/20
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1447268970
Paperback:Station eleven:2015 Paperback
Author: Mandel, Emily St. John
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: Moving backwards and forwards in time, from the glittering years just before the collapse to the strange and altered world that exists 20 years after, 'Station Eleven' charts the unexpected twists of fate that connect six people: famous actor Arthur Leander; Jeevan - warned about the flu just in time; Arthur's first wife Miranda; Arthur's oldest friend Clark; Kirsten, a young actress with the Travelling Symphony; and the mysterious and self-proclaimed 'prophet'. General adult
333 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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I like the post-apocalypse stories because they usually show us the banality of life and humanity. The premise was interesting. The writing was neat. I like how the writer focuses more on how the survivor wants to live the world rather than how much sacrifice they have to do to stay alive in the first place.
06/12/17
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Paperback:The memory police:2020 Paperback
Author: Ogawa, Yõko
Translator: Snyder, Stephen
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: This translation originally published: London: Harvill Secker, 2019 Hat, ribbon, bird, rose. To the people on the island, a disappeared thing no longer has any meaning. It can be burned in the garden, thrown in the river or handed over to the Memory Police. Soon enough, the island forgets it ever existed. When a young novelist discovers that her editor is in danger of being taken away by the Memory Police, she desperately wants to save him. For some reason, he doesn't forget, and it's becoming increasingly difficult for him to hide his memories. Who knows what will vanish next? The Memory Police is a beautiful, haunting and provocative fable about the power of memory and the trauma of loss from one of Japan's greatest writers. For readers of The Handmaid's Tale, Fahrenheit 451 and Nineteen Eighty-Four. General adult
288 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1784870145
Paperback:Brave new world:2014:New edition Paperback
Author: Huxley, Aldous
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Vintage Classic
Resource type: Physical
Note: This edition originally published: 2007 The World Controllers have created the ideal society. Genetic science has brought the human race to perfection. From the Alpha-Plus mandarin class to the Epsilon Semi-Morons, man is bred and educated to be content with his pre-destined role. General adult
288 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0552773557
Paperback:Stark:2006 Paperback
Author: Elton, Ben
Year: 2006
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Deep in Western Australia where the Aboringals used to milk the trees, a planet-sized plot takes shape. Some green freaks pick up the scent. This is the second novel from comedian Ben Elton. Originally published: London: Sphere, 1989
496p ; 200mm (pbk)
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1786892421
Paperback:The book of Joan:2019 Paperback
Author: Yuknavitch, Lidia
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Canongate
Resource type: Physical
Note: In the near future, world wars have transformed the earth into a battleground. Fleeing the unending violence and the planet's now-radioactive surface, humans have regrouped to a mysterious platform known as CIEL, hovering over their erstwhile home. The changed world has turned evolution on its head: the surviving humans have become sexless, hairless, pale-white creatures floating in isolation, inscribing stories upon their skin. Out of the ranks of the endless wars rises Jean de Men, a charismatic and bloodthirsty cult leader who turns CIEL into a quasi-corporate police state. A group of rebels unite to dismantle his iron rule - galvanised by the heroic song of Joan, a child-warrior who possesses a mysterious force that lives within her. General adult
266 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0099449153
Paperback:The cave:2003 Paperback
Author: Saramago, José
Year: 2003
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: This translation originally published: London: Harvill, 2002 Cipriano Algor, an ageing potter, lives with his daughter in the shadow of the Centre, a nebulous megaplex that provides his livelihood - until it haughtily decrees it is no longer interested in his humble wares. General adult
294 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0099518279
Paperback:The palace of dreams:2008 Paperback
Author: Kadare, Ismail
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Classic
Resource type: Physical
Note: In the tradition of George Orwell's 1984, Albania's leading writer creates a disturbing vision of unrestraned totalitarianism and the impact it has on those who exist under its shadow. General adult Translated from the French; originally written in Albanian
192 p. (pbk)
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0099529742
Paperback:The foundation pit:2010 Paperback
Author: Platonov, Andrei Platonovich
Author: Chandler, Robert
Author: Chandler, Elizabeth
Author: Meerson, Ol/ga
Year: 2010
Language: English, Russian
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Classic
Resource type: Physical
Note: Platonov's dystopian novel describes the lives of a group of Soviet workers who believe they are laying the foundations for a radiant future. As they work harder and dig deeper, their optimism turns to violence and it becomes clear that what is being dug is not a foundation pit but an immense grave. General adult Translated from the Russian
176 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0241355583
Paperback:Kallocain:2019 Paperback
Author: Boye, Karin
Translator: McDuff, David
Year: 2019
Language: English, Swedish
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Swedish Written midway between 'Brave New World' and 'Nineteen Eighty-Four', as the terrible events of the Second World War were unfolding, Kallocain depicts a totalitarian 'World State' which seeks to crush the individual entirely. In this desolate, paranoid landscape of 'police eyes' and 'police ears', the obedient citizen and middle-ranking scientist Leo Kall discovers a drug that will force anyone who takes it to tell the truth. But can private thought really be obliterated? Karin Boye's chilling novel of creeping alienation shows the dangers of acquiescence and the power of resistance, no matter how futile. General adult
192 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Body tourists:2020 Paperback
Author: Rogers, Jane
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sceptre
Resource type: Physical
Note: In this version of London, there is a small, private clinic. Behind its layers of security, procedures are taking place on poor, robust teenagers from northern Estates in exchange for thousands of pounds - procedures that will bring the wealthy dead back to life in these young supple bodies for fourteen days. It's an opportunity for wrongs to be righted, for fathers to meet grandsons, for scientists to see their work completed. Old wine in new bottles. But at what cost? General adult
229 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0141189614
Paperback:Anthem:2008:[New] ed. Paperback
Author: Rand, Ayn
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New] ed.
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: This ed. originally published: New York: Dutton, 1995 Equality 7-2521 is a man apart. Since The Great Rebirth it has been a crime in his world to think or act as an individual. Even love is forbidden. Yet since his childhood, Equality 7-2521 has felt that he is different. When he is sent to work as a road sweeper, he stumbles upon a link to the old world that gives him the spur to break free. General adult
Title series: Modern classics
xxi, 105 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0008319596
Paperback:After the flood:2020 Paperback
Author: Montag, Kassandra
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: The Borough Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Pearl knows little of her father Jacob and elder sister Row, who left her mother Myra when she was pregnant with her. Between them they make do, with Myra fishing and trading to make ends meet, travelling from island to island on Bird, the boat Myra's grandfather made before he died. Whilst their life is a tranquil one, Myra still aches for the daughter she once lost. When a chance encounter reveals that Row might still be alive, Myra packs up six-year-old Pearl and together they begin a dangerous voyage to The Valley, where rumours of violence and breeding ships run rampant. Along the way they encounter death and strangers, finally finding solace on board Sedna where Myra feels like she might be closer to finding Row than she has ever been. But to get to Row she will have to deceive everyone around her, betraying the trust of those she's come to love. General adult
432 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1472240057
Paperback:Before this is over:2017 Paperback
Author: Hickie, Amanda
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline Review
Resource type: Physical
Note: Meet Hannah Halloran. Wife of Sean, mother of teenage Zac and little Oscar. Their comfortable home is in a suburb of a city unaffected by the deadly flu that's killed thousands. But Hannah is tense. She's worried about Zac's vulnerability miles away at a crowded summer camp. She's uneasy about Oscar's boisterous play with the children at his school. Is physical contact wise when an epidemic is coming closer? Hannah fears that their safe little world is about to be blown apart. And she's right. It's time to get Zac home - if they can. As the virus traps Hannah and her family in their neighbourhood and then within their own home, supplies of food, water and electricity dwindle. Every day, Hannah has choices to make that will decide whether they live or die. Choices with devastating consequences. Just how far will she go to protect those she loves? General adult
458 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0008300674
Paperback:Vox:2019 Paperback
Vox
Author: Dalcher, Christina
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HQ
Resource type: Physical
Note: Jean McClellan spends her days in almost complete silence, limited to a daily quota of just one hundred words. Now that the new government is in power, no woman is able to speak over this limit without punishment by electric shock. But when the President's brother suffers a stroke, Jean is temporarily given back her voice in order to work on the cure. Soon, she discovers that she is part of a much larger plan: to eliminate the voices of women entirely. General adult
388 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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As a debut novel nothing but praise. Build up is brilliant. Who can you trust? Who is really what they seem? Then as we hit the climax it becomes a little more sensationalist than I was ready for. That said a great zipwire-ride read. Hope there's more from this author.
19/06/20
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Paperback:The waiting rooms:2020 Paperback
Author: Smith, Eve
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orenda Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Decades of spiralling drug resistance have unleashed a global antibiotic crisis. Ordinary infections are untreatable, and a scratch from a pet can kill. A sacrifice is required to keep the majority safe: no one over seventy is allowed new antibiotics. The elderly are sent to hospitals nicknamed 'The Waiting Rooms' - hospitals where no one ever gets well. Twenty years after the crisis takes hold, Kate begins a search for her birth mother, armed only with her name and her age. As Kate unearths disturbing facts about her mother's past, she puts her family in danger and risks losing everything. Because Kate is not the only secret that her mother is hiding. Someone else is looking for her, too. General adult
384 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1529100607
Paperback:The grace year:2020 Paperback
Author: Liggett, Kim
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Del Rey
Resource type: Physical
Note: The resistance starts here. No one speaks of the grace year. It's forbidden. We're told we have the power to lure grown men from their beds, make boys lose their minds, and drive the wives mad with jealousy. That's why we're banished for our sixteenth year, to release our magic into the wild before we're allowed to return to civilization. But I don't feel powerful. I don't feel magical. Tierney James lives in an isolated village where girls are banished at 16 to the northern forest to brave the wilderness - and each other - for a year. They must rid themselves of their dangerous magic before returning purified and ready to marry - if they're lucky. It is forbidden to speak of the grace year, but even so every girl knows that the coming year will change them - if they survive it. General adult
424 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0241349079
Paperback:The Hopkins manuscript:2018 Paperback
Author: Sherriff, R. C.
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: Retired teacher Edgar Hopkins lives for the thrill of winning poultry prizes. But his narrow world is shattered when he learns that the moon is about to come crashing into the Earth, with apocalyptic consequences. The manuscript he leaves behind will be a testament - to his growing humanity and to how one English village tried to survive the end of the world. Written in 1939 as the world was teetering on the brink of global war, R.C. Sherriff's tragicomic novel is a masterly work of science fiction, and a powerful warning from the past. General adult
320 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Last ones left alive:2020 Paperback
Author: Davis-Goff, Sarah
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Tinder Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Raised by her mother and Maeve on Slanbeg, an island off the west coast of Ireland, Orpen has a childhood of love and stories by the fireside. But the stories grow darker, and the training begins. Ireland has been devoured by a ravening menace known as the skrake, and though Slanbeg is safe for now, the women must always be ready to run, or to fight. When Maeve is bitten, Orpen is faced with a dilemma: kill Maeve before her transformation is complete, or try to get help. So Orpen sets off, with Maeve in a wheelbarrow and her dog at her side, in the hope of finding other survivors, and a cure. It is a journey that will test Orpen to her limits, on which she will learn who she really is, who she really loves, and how to imagine a future in a world that ended before she was born. General adult
280 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:The parable of the talents, a novel:2019 Paperback
Author: Butler, Octavia E.
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline
Resource type: Physical
Note: It is 2032 and Lauren Olamina's daughter Larkin narrates the story of her mother's life as she spreads the word of her Earthseed philosophy. As Larkin describes how they attain their goal of reaching the stars, she denounces her mother. General adult
400 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1784708690
Paperback:China dream:2019 Paperback
Author: Ma, Jian
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Chinese In seven dream-like episodes, Ma Jian - the banned Chinese writer hailed as 'China's Solzhenitsyn' - charts the psychological disintegration of a government leader in provincial China who is haunted by nightmares of his violent past. A biting dystopian satire, what Ma Jian reveals is a nation blinded by materialism and governed by violence and lies. Blending tragic and absurd reality with myth and fantasy, this is not a portrait of an imagined future, but of China as it is today. General adult
208 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Salvation city:2020 Paperback
Author: Nunez, Sigrid
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: In an America devastated by a flu pandemic, orphaned thirteen-year-old Cole finds safety and stability with an evangelical pastor and his wife. Happiness becomes disquiet as he realises the cost at which this peace comes, and the extent to which it challenges everything he knows. General adult
280 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0241307392
Paperback:Ice:2017 Paperback
Ice
Author: Kavan, Anna
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: The last of Kavan's books to be published in her lifetime, 'Ice' is a dreamy novel set in an imaginary world padded by ice and snow, run by a secret government, invaded by aggressors, and threatened with nuclear destruction. General adult
180 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0571341322
Paperback:Leila, a novel:2019 Paperback
Author: Akbar, Prayaag
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Every year on Leila's birthday Shalini kneels by the wall with a little yellow spade and scoops dry earth to make a pit for two candles. One each for herself and for Riz, the husband at her side. But as Shalini walks from the patch of grass where she held her vigil the man beside her melts away. It is sixteen years since they took her, her daughter's third birthday party, the last time she saw the three people she loves most dearly: her mother, her husband, her child. There are thirty-two candle stubs buried in that lawn, and Shalini believes her search is finally drawing to a close. When she finds Leila, she will return and dig up each and every one. General adult
265 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1784757683
Paperback:Golden State:2019 Paperback
Author: Winters, Ben H.
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Thriller novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Laz Ratesic is a veteran of the State's special police. Those in power rely on Laz to discover the full and final truth. But when a man falls from a roof in suspicious circumstances, it sets in motion a terrifying series of events which will shatter Laz's world forever. Because when those in control of the truth decide to twist it, only those with the power to ask questions can fight back. General adult
321 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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